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My Westie is Itchywhat should I do

and not do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are probably reading this because you are at your
wits end with your itchy Westie. You have been to a
number of Vets with little if any improvements and it
has been expensive and frustratingwatching your
darling Westie suffer is a terrible thing.
We have been asked by many folks to make a step by
step document of Westies in Need itchy skin protocolso here goesit is LONG and there is lots of infobut
please read it carefully and let us know if you have any
questionsWesties in Need has had some incredible
improvementswe know Westie skin!

I think we should start by saying that your Vet may NOT agree with some of our
suggestionsmany Vets are wonderful and very open to new ideassome are not! However,
you have been to a number of Vet appointments and spent hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars
and yet here you are, still searching for a solution to your itchy Westie, have to begin to
ask yourself (and ask your Vet!!!!) How has that been working for you?????
You are your Westies biggest health advocate and he relies on you to act as his voice when it
comes to interpreting and relaying any concerns to the Vet. Trusting your instincts and doing
your own research is essential in ensuring your concerns are heard.
As we saidmany Vets are wonderful and open to different ideasbut the bottom line is that
you should never feel uncomfortable with the way your Vet treats youyes he/she is the expert,
but they do NOT know your dog the way you do. If you have a Vet that has an I am the expert
and what I say goes kinda attitude, then you are not in a relationship that will help your Westie.
I guess that we should also begin by making our lawyer happy and say While every endeavor is
made to provide reliable, useful advice not every dog is the same and neither food nor medical
treatments can be said to apply in every case. You should use this information as a RESOURCE
to guide your own research and to help you in discussions with your Vet.
OKnow that is out of the way...lets startfirst

Blood Work: you will need to make sure your Vet has done full blood chemistry on your
Westie-you will need to have a starting benchmark to begin with. Some Vets call this a
Wellness Panel, other Vets have other names...but you need to find out organ function,
electrolytes, hematology, proteins etc. It is VERY important to make sure that you include a
full thyroid panel as well (more thyroid info will follow below) but you need to have that

You MUST insist that you see and have a copy of all tests done on your Westiea Vet saying I
did the blood work and it is all normal is not good enough any longer. You have now made the
decision to be an ACTIVE participant in your Westies health and that begins with the results.
Blood work can be expensive but very worth it.
Thyroid: Many, many itchy Westies have hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is the condition
where your dog has an inadequate active thyroid hormone. Thyroxine (also known as T4) is the
major hormone secreted by the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system,
the collection of glands that produce all of the bodys hormones. Together the endocrine glands
control almost every cellular function.
The thyroid gland is an essential gland for life. If it is diseased or destroyed thyroxine
replacement therapy must be provided for the rest of the animals life in order for the cellular
activities to function properly.
Dermatological Signs of Hypothyroidism:

Dry, scaly skin and dandruff

Seborrhea with dry or greasy skin

Chronic offensive skin odor

Hyperpigmentation (black skin)

Coarse, dull coat

Pyoderma or skin infections

Bilaterally symmetrical hair loss

Dry eye

Rat tail

Cold intolerance

Puppy coat

Yeast over growth

Hypothyroidism has increased significantly over the last few yearssome even call it an
epidemic. But why is this happening??? The answers are simple reallypoor breeding, over
vaccinating, chemical flea, tick, heartworm treatments and non steroidal and anti inflammatory
This is why it is so important to have your Westies thyroid tested. Some Vets may recommend
only a T4 panel be done on your dog.please know that this shorten and modified test is not
If only the T4 is tested and if the T4 is normal your Vet may claim that the dog does not suffer
from thyroid disease. Next you will inevitably spend months and thousands of dollars trying to
find out what is wrong with your dog and it was an easy fix...a full thyroid panel.
A complete Thyroid panel is:
free T4
free T3

When you see the results that your Vet will show and give you for your dogs thyroid function
from the full thyroid panel, you will see what the lab refers to as a normal range. If your
Westies thyroid function is only 0.1 % above the low end of that normal your Vet may say
that the thyroid is fine. IT IS NOT.for our breed and for a dog with skin issues, we want to
see the thyroid level in the 50% rangeso if your Westie is not showing a thyroid function of
about 50%, they MUST go on a medication called Thyroxin. You will never completely get
your Westies skin well if the thyroid is not functioning well.
In our experience, a Westie is considered to suffer from sub clinical hypothyroidism if his
hormone levels fall within the lower 50% of the normal range. To calculate the 50% point,
simply add the lower and highest values and divide by two.
Laboratory (normal) Range is: 13.0-53.0
13.0 plus 53.0 = 66
66 divide by 2 = 33
If your dog has a T4 level below 33 they are considered to suffer from sub clinical
Free T4
Laboratory (normal) Range is 7.7 47.6
7.7 plus 47.6 = 55.3
55.3 divide by 2 =27.65
If your dog has a T3 level below 27.65 they are considered to suffer from sub clinical
You can see the laboratory ranges above vary widely and are should be merely guidelines. As
we said before- trust your instincts-if you have noticed your normally happy and healthy dog
showing some of the signs and symptoms that we mentioned above speak to your Vet about a
trial of thyroid supplementation

Edward- August 31st

Edward October 22nd

Right now you may be asking...but my Westie was fine for a few years why have they
developed these skin problems now?
As the dog ages and the number of antigens he is exposed to increases, his immune system must
work harder to recognize and fight them. If you compare the immune system to a wall with the
immune memory cells functioning as the walls building blocksso with each new antigen
exposure another building block is added to the wall to strengthen its protect abilities.
Eventually these building blocks pile up and the immune systems wall becomes too high and
unstable, causing it to collapse.
Yeast: Far too often when Westies are diagnosed with allergies, they are in fact really suffering
from a systemic yeast infection, be it on the surface of the skin or the whole system. If this is the
case, antibiotics and steroids will not clear up the source of the problem. They only address
secondary bacterial infections and provide temporary relief from itching.
Yeast problems can be caused by different yeast organisms. One is Malassezia which is a
common yeast organism found on normal and abnormal Westie skin and ears. Other yeast
problems involve Candida, which can be systemic (systemic means "affecting the entire body,"
rather than a single organ or body part) and the root cause of the problem. Yeast found in the
body changes to its fungal form and starts to overgrow in the gut, causing toxins to leak into the
body and causing a breakdown in the body's defenses (immune system). The result is that we
start to see a reaction (such as a skin, coat, ears) and the reaction is in the whole body's system
(systemic). If you understand that the skin is the biggest filter organ in the body, you can
understand that this is where the junk and toxins in the body end up, causing the issues you see in
your Westie.
Our yeasty Westies (they smell like popcorn or a corn chip kinda smell) all go on a 30-60 day
course of Ketoconazole. Ketoconazole belongs to a general class of drugs known as antifungal
drugs and inhibits the growth of fungal organisms by interfering with the formation of the fungal
cell wall.
More info about what to feed your Westie will follow below-but in this section about yeast we
wanted to remind you that you must take a VERY careful look at what you are feeding your
Westie---a low glysemic diet is best.dont feed the yeast!!! Yeast needs sugars to growso
please try to eliminate or greatly reduce in both foods and treats:

sweet potatoes
black strap molasses

After our Westies have completed their 30-60 days of Ketoconazole, we finish our yeasty
Westies off with a more natural yeast cleanse to complete the treatment. We use the program
from Nzymes and have had great results. There are 3 products we use (the company
recommends other products but we have found that these 3 are the best to purchase)

Oxy Drops
Nzymes granules
Black Leaf tincture

All the usage instructions are on the Nzymes website and are also included with the items if you
purchase the products-simple to use and easy to understand.
Bacteria: All of our itchy Westies have some level of Pyoderma- Pyoderma literally means pus
in the skin and refers to a bacterial infection of the skin. From our experience, the tried and
true antibiotics that vets use (Cyclosporine, Cephalexin, etc) are good, but we have had better
results using an injectable Convenia. It is along-acting antibiotic that exerts its antibacterial
effects for approximately 1-2 weeks but stays in the body for over 2 months. This is in contrast
to non-repositol antibiotics which are rapidly cleared from the body and need to be administered
1 - 2 times per day by a pill form. We give our itchy Westies an injection of Convenia on day 1
and again on day 14 of their treatment.

Mange: There are 2 types of mangeone is Demodectic and one is Sarcoptic. Most dogs are
immune to mange; however dogs with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk. Your
Vet can do a simple skin scraping to make sure your Westie does not have mange---again
without that info you can pump all kinds of medications and drugs into them and they will not
improve if mange is present, so you need to rule out mange.
Vaccinations: There is a lot of controversy right now over vaccinations (in both people and pets)
and the fallout of over vaccinating your Westie can be devastating. In our opinion (and we have
to stress here that this is our opinion and you must do your own due diligence with your
research!!!) we would suggest that you consider NOT vaccinating your Westie until their skin
has been 100% perfect for over a year. We mean no rabies, no DHPP and no heartworm.
Afterwards, if you choose to vaccinate your Westie (and yes it is a choice!!!) the most important
thing we suggest is to NEVER vaccinate your Westie for anything in the spring, summer or fall
months. Their immune systems are at their most vulnerable at those times and skin problems are
much more likely to occur. Only vaccinate your Westie if there is snow on the ground!!!
Also, never vaccinate for rabies and DHPP at the same time-it is very hard on Westies and again
not good for their immune system. It is very important to wait at least 2 weeks between rabies
and DHPP-they should NEVER be given at the same appointment.
When you think of vaccinationsalways remember that old saying the cure can sometimes be
much worse than the disease
Given the fact that annual visits provide the bulk of many Vet practices it is not surprising that
there has been significant resistance to attempts at changing vaccination protocols.
A one size fits all vaccination program for dogs is simply incorrect-a Westie who is always
with their owner, rarely off leash and always well supervised does not need the same
vaccinations as an outdoor farm dog left to his or her own devices. Each animal should be
evaluated and immunized based on a program individually tailored to their needs and health.

When choosing to vaccinate or not the best thing to do is to trust your instincts. Your Vet might
even try to convince you that there is no scientific evidence linking vaccinations with adverse
reaction, serious illness and even death. This is pure ignorance and confuses well meaning dog
parents who are searching for all the facts in an effort to provide the best level of care.
If you find that your Vet is pressuring you into over vaccinating your pet or that he or she refuses
to perform a titer test in lieu of yearly boosters, you can choose to walk out of the office and find
a more open-minded practitioner.
Titer-Testing-an alternative to vaccinations: A number of our Westie folks have opted for a
titers test each year and not deferring to the automatic vaccination protocol. A titer test
(pronounced TIGHT-er) is a laboratory test measuring the existence and level of antibodies to
disease in blood. Most experts believe that strong titers are a more reliable indication of
immunity than vaccinations: tests show the actual immune responsenot just the attempt to
cause an immune response by vaccination.
Food Allergy Testing: In a nut shell, testing for allergies to different foods is simply not
accurate on dogs. We never recommend food allergy testing and suggest that you spend your
money on other treatments.
Please dont confuse food allergy testing with Allergen Specific Immunotherapy (serum allergy
testing-environmental) as they are 2 VERY different things!
Allergen Immunotherapy (also termed desensitization) is a treatment that has shown wonderful
success with itchy Westies with Atopic Dermatitis (when their itch is due to environmental
Allergen immunotherapy rehabilitates the dogs immune system. The therapy involves
administering increasing doses of allergens to accustom the Westie to substances that are
generally harmless (pollen, house dust mites) and thereby induces specific long-term tolerance.
OKso what does all that mean??? Simply put, your dog will receive the very things (in small
doses) of exactly what she is allergic to and her immune system will learn how to tolerate them.
Method #1 (this is the one we like and always suggest to our owners)
Blood Serum Test: A 10 ml blood sample is drawn by your regular Vet from your Westie and
sent into the lab. The blood is screened for a reaction to a broad range of allergens including
pollens, dust, and molds that are common to the geographical area where you live.
If your Westie is currently on medication like steroids or an antihistamine, you do NOT need to
stop the medication for the blood serum test.
Method #2 (this is the one we dont suggest-but we want you to have all the facts)
Intradermal Skin testing: In this test, your Westie will be sedated and have a large patch of fur
shaved. A small amount of 50 different antigens are injected into the skin and after a short
period of time, the area around the injection site is observed to determine if your Westie is
allergic to the allergen.

Your Westie must be off any oral or topical steroid medication for 4 weeks prior to this test and
must be off antihistamines for 14 days. They suggest you remove all Omegas from their food
and not to bathe them as wellin other words they are looking for a positive reaction- so they
need your Westie to be ITCHY!!!! (now you are seeing why we dont really like this method!)
So what happens nextyour Vet will send the blood off to a lab for results. There are 3 labs we
use: (we have had a few false positive results from other labs, so we suggest your Vet uses)

VARL Labs in California

Greer Labs in North Carolina
Heska Labs in Colorado

Now this is an important part-so please know

If your Westie reacts to lets say cat dander and it's a big reaction then the lab would for
sure put this in and is taking up space (only 10-12 allergens can be put in the allergy shots)
BUTif that Westie has no exposure to cats then it doesn't need to be in.
When your regular Vet (or even better, a Canine Dermatologist!!!) formulates the allergy
results please know what they are includingagain, if your dog is allergic to cats but has
no exposure to them not much sense to add it!!!!
You will then receive, from the lab, a series of vials that will contain the exact allergens that your
Westie has tested positive for in higher concentrations.
( this next bit is the part that you will have to wrap your brain around) and you will
begin to give your Westie allergy shots at home.
We know exactly what you are thinkingI can not give my dog a shotYES you cantrust us,
this is NOT the same needle that the Vet uses, it is small and easy and not painful for your dog.
Your Vet can show you exactly how to do it.
If you would do it for your child, you can do it for your Westie!
Now, we do have to tell you that there is also sublingual immunotherapy (under the tongue)
allergy drops that would fix this whole needle thing BUTit is not available in Canada as of
yet (they have used it in the US for years) so until it is OKd in Canada-we will have to make do
with shots.
Next, a program will be laid out for you and you will use the different concentrations of the
serum as the months go along-higher concentrations means less often, so that is a good thing!
The first stage is the induction phase and then comes the maintenance phase. Each program
or protocol will be different, but an average one would be:

Induction Phase- 3 months long. Your Westie will require an allergy shot to begin every
other day, then down to once a week and then down to once every 2 weeks.
Maintenance Phase- Your Westie will require an allergy shot once every 3 weeks and
then once a month and then once every 2 months.

There may be seasonal components involved as wellperhaps in the winter months they will not
require an injection at all and then in the spring and fall it may need to be increased
Your Westie may need these allergy shots for only a few months or perhaps for the rest of his
lifebut if he is happy and comfortable and not itchy it is well worth it. We have found that
more than 75% of Westie have very positive results to this therapy.

Atopica: (generic name is Cyclosporin) is the medication that many Vets prescribe to Westies
with Atopic dermatitis (environmental allergies) Atopica can make dogs vomit however it may
not be the medication itself but the pill casing that does not sit well with them (it is made from
castor bean oil that dogs dont process well) Put the Atopica capsule in the freezer and the
vomiting will be lessened. If your Westie is still vomiting from the Atopica, consider using the
Cyclosporin in a liquid instead or better yet Allergen Specific Immunotherapy!
Immune System: When you have a Westie that is itchy, has open sores, is biting at his feet or
has chronic ear infections, you have a dog with an immune problem. Even if you cure or control
the current problem, you will never completely fix the issue if you do not improve the immune
system. Good quality foods, no stress and limit or eliminate all vaccinations will all help to
improve immune function.
Steroid Use: Hydrocortisone, Vanectyl P (combining trimeprazine and prednisolone) and
Prednisone are common drugs that Vets will use to stop a dog from scratching. These steroids
should be only used in extreme cases and only for very short periods of time. They are meant
to put the fire out to give the Westie some immediate relief but should never be used long term
as they can do serious and irreparable damage to organs.
Before you enter into the world of long term steroid use for your Westie you must be aware that
againthe cure can be much worse than the disease.
When your Vet suggests that you put your Westie on Vanectyl P or Cortisone, can we PLEASE
suggest that you ask him or herhey, what about Hydroxyzine instead???
Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine used for the treatment of allergies, flea bite dermatitis, and
atopy. It helps stop the itching and has much fewer side effects than corticosteroids (Vanectyl P
and Cortisone) Hydroxyzine works by blocking the actions of histamine in the body. Histamine
is the chemical responsible for many of the symptoms seen when an allergic reaction occurs.

Food Allergies: Some Westies may be allergic to foods, but simply being fed these may not be
enough in itself to get their immune systems hopped up to the point where itching occurs.
However, when the pollens and molds of spring, summer and fall are added, the total number of
allergens present will have reached high enough concentrations, thus exceeding the threshold, to

cause allergic symptoms such as chronic itching. Food can certainly exacerbate a Westies itchy
condition and that is why it is so important not to feed foods that are known to be likely
contributorsso everyone repeat after uswhen choosing food and treatsno wheat, no
corn, no soy, no beef, no lamb, no dairy...repeat please so we know you have itno wheat,
no corn, no soy, no beef, no lamb, no dairy
It can be difficult to distinguish a Westie suffering from food allergies from a Westie suffering
from environmental allergies based on physical signs. However, there are a few signs that
increase the suspicion that food allergies may be present:

recurrent ear problems, particularly yeast infections.

a very young dog with moderate or severe skin problems.
a dog suffers from allergies year-round or if the symptoms begin in the winter
a dog that has very itchy skin but does not respond to steroid treatment.

So what do you feed your Westiewell we can certainly tell you foods that we would NOT
recommend (OKremember how we had said at the beginning that some Vets will not agree
with our programwell, this is one of those parts!!!!!)

NEVER FEED: Vet prescribed foods such as Science Diet, Hills, Medical, Purina, Royal
Canin, Iams, Walthamthese are, in our opinion, poorer quality foods that have many problems
for our itchy Westies. If you dont believe us, please check out The Dog Food Advisor-or Dog
Food Analysis... you may be shocked at the ratings of these prescribed foods!
We have found that most of our Westies do best on a fish based diet. What you are looking for is
a grain free, low glysemic dietlow glysemic (or low sugar producing) because of the info we
just told you in the section above about yeastsugars feed yeast.
Here is a chart that shows you some foods that have a high glysemic index - the scale goes from
1 to 100, 100 being very high on the glysemic chart. Please note: Potatoes are rated the
highest in the glysemic index (sugar levels) for root vegetables. Potatoes have as much
sugar in them as a sugar donut (and I dont think any of us would feed our Westie a sugar
donut every day of their lives!!)

Potatoes 88

Tapioca 56

Carrots 47

Corn 78

Brown Rice 55

Blueberries 44

White Rice 72

Sweet Potato 50

Apple 38

Papaya 56

Peas 48

Yam 37

It is VERY hard to find a store purchased grain free food that has absolutely none of the
ingredients in the chart above, however the foods that we use in our Canadian rescue and have
had lots of success with are:

Horizon Pulsar Fish Formula

Horizon Legacy Fish

Natures Variety Instinct Salmon

Nutrisca Salmon

EVO Herring and Salmon

NRG Vitality Dehydrated Raw

NRG Maxim Dehydrated Raw

RAW---Pets 4 Life

Also, be very strict with any treats you give him. The smallest piece of the wrong thing can make
him itchy for at least 3 weeks.
Some good treats are
NRG Jerky Strips are made of 100% edible table quality chicken and salmon meat. No
potato, no filler.
Honest Kitchen Wishes made with 100% wild caught Haddock
We would be very remiss right now if we did not say in big, bold printNO TREATS FROM
CHINA, EVER such as dehydrated Chicken, Duck and Sweet Potato- we have already lost
one lovely Westie boy because his family unknowingly was feeding him tainted treats.

Use a Calendar: We strongly suggest that you keep a calendar handy that just has your
Westies health info on it. When you record daily changes, changes to foods, snacks or treats,
changes with tummy upsets, scale of itchiness, etc very often you will begin to see patterns
that will help you when treating your dog.

this was Sammy on Aug 19th

and this was Sammy on September 27th

Shampoo: It is VERY important to bath your itchy Westieyou must get the bacteria and yeast
spores off the skin. We would suggest a bath every other day until the yeasty smell starts to
dissipate and then every 3rd or 4th day till you see that the skin is looking less angry. If the
problem is over most of the body you may want to shave or trim them down, you'll waste less
shampoo and they will dry faster. Use cool water and towel dry only, do not use a hair dryer.
and remember..NO oatmeal shampoo or conditioner EVER!!!!
The shampoos that we use and like are:

Chlorhexadine (you get this at the Vet)

Nizoral (you get that at a drug store)

Dermacton (you will have to order this from the US-info is below)

Bath Time: wet your Westie and then lather them up-leave the shampoo on your Westie for at
least 10-15 minutes. Keep them in the tub or wrap them in a towel and hold them (please dont
put them cold and wet in a crate to lick the shampoo off!!!!!!)
After the 10-15 minutes, rinse off all the shampoo and make sure there is no shampoo residue.
While still in the tub, finish off with an Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) solution on
them. (Instructions are below)
Please Note: YOU DO NOT RINSE the ACV solution off!!!

Natural organic apple cider vinegar has a brownish tinge to it and

floating stuff inside. The floating stuff is called "mother" and is
formed from the pectin and apple residue. You can purchase
natural organic apple cider vinegar at most health food store. Put
about of a cup of ACV in a plastic measuring cup and fill the
cup with warm water. After the bath, pour the rinse (from the
neck on down-do NOT get this in your Westies eyes) and then
towel dry---dont rinse it off. It is a great and natural way to
improve the PH balance on their skin.

Foot Soaks- does your Westie lick its paws?????????? We can not stress the importance of
removing pesticides, herbicides, ragweed, grasses, pollens, molds, dust mites and other
pollutants from your dog's feet on a regular basis.
Your dog's feet can gather a pretty heavy toxin load in addition to allergens, and this can become
extremely irritating to his paws. 50 % of all foot licking and chewing can be immediately
alleviated by removing allergens and other irritants collected on a dog's paws. It is important is to
soak the paws at the end of any day when your pet has been in contact with allergens, lawn
chemicals, or anything in the environment with the potential to irritate her feet.
You will need:
a small tub or Tupperware container

Povidone iodine (also known as Betadine Antiseptic Solution) is an organic iodine that is
safe, non-toxic, antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-yeast. There are two types of Betadine
one is a surgical scrub/skin cleanser that needs to be rinsed off. the one you want is
the Betadine Antiseptic Solution


You want to dilute the povidone iodine with water to the color of iced tea, using just your eyes
no scientific formula is involved! If it comes up too light, just add a bit more of the iodineif it's
a bit dark, add more water. We recommend you let your Westie stand in the solution from two to
five minutes. You don't have to do anything to the feet or toes -- the solution will do the work for
you. You can just stand and sing to your Westie while he soaks, or talk to him and tell him how
handsome he is.
Remember, the key is to get the feet submerged in the solution, which will wash away any type
of yeast that might be growing, as well as mild bacterial infections, allergens, and other
contaminants. Dry them off and they are good to go!

This was Sugar on July 5th

and this was Sugar on August 19th

Lotions and Potions: We have found a product that we have used on our itchy Westies that has
been great for us. It is in a shampoo, cream and spray form and it has worked wonderfully well
to give our dogs relief. It is called Dermacton and can only be purchased on-line from the US.
We have used and liked the product so much we have even given them a few testimonials.
Shelby (June 30, 2012) and Edward (October 3, 2011):
Supplements: The go to info and products that we refer to very often are products by Mercola
and info from Dr. Karen Becker. Dr Becker is a Vet that has produced some great videos and we
use their products as well.

Mercola has some wonderful products that we have used:

Digestive Enzyme
Complete probiotics-this is especially important if your Westie is ever given anti-biotics.
It is very important to make sure you add a probiotic while they are on the any antibiotic
and for 2 weeks afterwards.
Krill Oil
A store in Ontario has brought in the Mercola products (so glad we do not have to order from the
US any longer) and has put together for us a Westie Skin Repair Kit. It is a wonderful kit and
we can not thank them enough for doing this and also for offering any of our Westies in Need

folks a discount when ordering supplements. We use all these products on our itchy
The Kit includes:
Mercola SpiruGreen (anti-oxidant) Immune Support
Mercola Digestive Enzymes Improved Digestion
Mercola Complete Probiotics Healthy Bacterial Flora
Mercola Krill Oil (omega 3) - Essential for healthy skin
Colloidal Silver effective against yeast and bacteria
To order the kit please contact The Healthy Dog Store at 647-933-9034
or at and they will ship the products to you if you are unable
to pick it up at their store. is now time to become an active Westie Mom or Dad..we think it is very important
for each and every pet owner to have a good relationship with their Vet. Some Vets may view
proactive or preventive veterinary medicine as mundane and even we pet parents arent often
heard thanking our vet for keeping our pet healthy. But in the big picture, isnt preventing a
problem at least as important as treating it?
Westies in Need feel that preventing a Westie from becoming sick is the essence of caring for
that animal. Your Vet should not just be the person that you go to when your dog is ill or for
The health of your Westie is ultimately your responsibility and we encourage each of you to
become proactive in your pets care. As a pet parent, the health and quality of life of your
companion animal is always up to you. No matter how active a role your vet plays in keeping
your dog well, ultimately, your pets health is your responsibility. summarize.your Westie is itchy and you dont know what to do

1. Call usday or nightcall us!
2. Take your Westie to the Vet and get blood work done with the full thyroid panel. Make
sure when you get the results from the Vet you get a copy for your records
3. usday or nightcall us and scan or fax us the results and lets chat about
the findings. We can help to formulate a plan for you to discuss with your Vet.
We know Westies; we know what has worked for our breed and what has not. We have had great
results with skin- we can help and walk you through what needs to be done. This is VERY
fixable, we promise.